When a young porn actress befriends an 85-year-old reclusive widow, you can't really know what to expect. Besedka Johnson (RIP), made this her first and last film, and she was phenomenal! Dree Hemingway (Ernest Hemingway's great grand child) is sublime and portrayed her character so convincingly, with a brush of spunk and grace. "Starlet" is visually stunning, riveting, and emotionally pleasing. I am blown away.
The two lead women in are majestic. It makes me so happy that Besedka Johnson achieved a performance like this so late into her life, and as a complete novice. Incredible. I’m a real sucker for these old/young character relationships, but their dynamic is particularly lovely. The scene in which Sadie returns in tears having lost Starlet was heartbreaking.
Dree Hemingway's performance felt very natural and real which made the friendship between Jane and Sadie more special because you start to develop a sense of care for this dysfunctional friendship. It certainly stands out from the typical indie flick.
Regardless of some predictable occurrences (especially those involving the dog), and a friendship whose evolvement seems more hypothetical than real, “Starlet” could keep up a decent tone... Review and rating: http://alwayswatchgoodmovies.blogspot.com/2013/05/starlet-2012.html
Disarmingly powerful film about a young porn actress who discovers thousands of dollars in a thermos she buys from an old woman at a yard sale. When her moral conundrum turns into a strange friendship with grumpy and lonely old woman, the two find in each other a kinship that neither could have expected. Sean Baker's neorealist style adds truth to this engaging and deeply moving work.